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Write in the Middle: A Workshop for Middle School Teachers

Teaching Persuasive Writing (#104)

In this program, viewers visit two middle-level classrooms to see how teachers can help young writers develop effective and authentic persuasive pieces based on their own experiences and interests--for example, using cell phones in schools or altering their homework schedule.
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Series Description: This professional development series is designed to help teachers learn effective practices and strategies to use with middle school students in writing instruction. Through classroom footage of excellent teachers modeling successful strategies and interviews with teachers, students, and nationally recognized experts about the writing process, teachers will learn ways to create a positive and productive environment for young writers.

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